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Italy misses deadline on air quality warning

Italy has not responded in time to the European Commission's final warning on Italy's failure to meet air pollution limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a commission source told EUobserver Monday. France and the UK replied on time, but the commission is still assessing the responses. Spain and Germany requested an extension. The commission sent final warnings to the five largest member states last February, saying they should "safeguard public health".

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Hawkish ECB rate-rise 'puts energy transition at risk'

The European Central Bank raised interest rates by another 0.5 percent to a 14-year high, and expects to hike rates by another half percent in March. But what does that mean for the green transition?

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MEPs push for greater powers for workers' councils

European Works Councils can play a key role for workers and their unions to bargain effectively — but what are they, why have they been neutered, and why is big business objecting to greater powers?

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